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10 Fresh Takes on Pasta

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Everyone knows how to make pasta. Boil water, pour in dry pasta, follow the instructions on the back of the box, and voilà: a heaping plate of spaghetti, penne, or farfalle. But just because pasta is simple doesn't mean it has to be boring. Here are 10 recipes to help you turn up the flavor on your basic pasta dishes. Don't just douse your pasta in butter -- add sauces, cheeses, and vegetables that will take your pasta game to a whole new level.

Cavatelli with Asiago Oat Crumbs by QueenSashy


Swiss Chard and Lemon Ricotta Pasta by TheWimpyVegetarian


Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil and Brie by merrill

Craig Claiborne's Pasta con Asparagi
 by Genius Recipes


The (Not Barefoot) Contessa's Fish Pasta by fisheri


Penne with Creamed Greens and Pancetta
by amanda

Down and Dirty Pasta e Ceci
by fisheri

Daddy's Carbonara
by Eric Liftin 

Grandma DiLaura's Italian Ricotta Gnocchi
by cdilaura

Baking Sheet Macaroni and Cheese
 by amanda

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